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Guest Lectures - Business Administration and Management

"Gamification in the education of business economists and industrial engineers",
"The use of blended learning elements in university teaching and e-tests" and
"Flipping the classes in business administration and management courses".
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Date: , kl 09:00 - 12:00
Location: Campus Borlänge
Locale: Dalarna University, Room 321

09.00-10.00: Gamification in the education of business economists and industrial engineers

Dr. Dirk Förster-Trallo (HTW Berlin) and Professor Thomas Rachfall (Hochschule Merseburg)

Thomas Rachfall: With the use of a new digital approach – applied by a stock market simulation - the corporate finance related skills of the students have been enhanced. However, the traditional class room training can hardly be replaced entirely by games and simulations. This research analyses the possibility of knowledge improvements due to the implementation of a gamification approach. Therefore, the authors implemented two trading games using a real trader workstation. The concept forced the students to use fundamental market and technical market analysing methods. The case of the course corporate finance and management accounting at the University of Applied Sciences Berlin is been presented to demonstrate the usefulness of game based learning concepts. An empirical analysis confirms that the students improve their knowledge, like the challenge and are more focussed if, beneath classical lectures, a game is applied. Doing the course without the trading game is seen as less effective and of less value. Eventually, based on the analysis and classroom observations improvement opportunities have been derived in order to further increase the learning performance.

Dirk: The second part of this session explains how the gamification approach is used in the course "Special topics in business administration". In the master program of the HTW this course is offered and the lecturers use a simulation game. Here the application of business knowledge in the technical environment is trained playfully and the students are trained playfully to apply their interdisciplinary knowledge as well as a constructive approach. Students develop a reflective approach and learn to apply sophisticated decision-making techniques and strategy methods in a practical way.

10.00-11.00: E-tests and the use of blended learning elements in university teaching

Dr. Dirk Förster-Trallo and Professor Thomas Rachfall

Online or e-tests are an important component of new digital learning approaches. E-tests enable efficient ways to facilitate the examination process and provide immediate feedback to the students. Also, with students being more and more proficient in applying e-learning methods it can be expected that e-tests are generally higher accepted by students. However, aspects such as perceived stress and negative impacts on the concentration performance of students may arise through an online test environment. In addition, the e-test situation potentially invites academic dishonesty as test results are sometimes visible to others on various monitors and not permitted web-resources might be used. Aim of the research was to improve effectiveness of university education by enhancing the examination processes in digital teaching approaches. The authors have analyzed three business courses on bachelor and master levels in which e-tests are applied. The students were asked how comfortable they feel with the test situation and how the e-test situation creates stress and potentially limits their performance. Also, students were asked to compare e-tests against traditional ways of examination. In addition to this, students were surveyed with regards to the possibilities of cheating during an e-test.

11.00-12.00: Flipping the classes in business administration and management

Lenka Klimplova (Dalarna University)

This presentation aims to provide with some key thoughts and tips to consider before flipping the classes, and to present examples of good practice of flipped classroom implementation in Business Administration and Management courses based on previous research findings in this field as well as the personal experience of implementing the flipped classroom teaching design.

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